JOSHUA TREE GAY PRIDE FESTIVAL

The 6th annual Joshua Tree Gay Pride Festival is taking place today, June 14th, behind Coyote Corner at Highway 62 and Park Boulevard. It runs from 11 am to 11 pm. The cost is fee, with a suggested donation of $5. It’s a hometown community festival with local eateries, stage

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YUCCA VALLEY FAMILY HOMELESS AFTER KITCHEN FIRE

A Yucca Valley family is homeless after a kitchen fire Thursday afternoon. According to Fire Captain Wayne Thompson, a resident of a home in the 56000 block of Navajo Trail had something cooking on the stove, and stepped out of the room for a few minutes. The resident came back

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SECOND SUSPECT, FATHER OF 5-YEAR-OLD, ARRESTED IN YUCCA VALLEY CHILD ABUSE CASE

A second suspect has been arrested in a Yucca Valley child abuse investigation. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Christopher Reed, 27, was arrested Tuesday afternoon, accused of felony child abuse and neglect in the case of his 5-year-old son. On Sunday, May 18, Yucca Valley paramedics and Sheriff’s deputies were

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FORMER YUCCA VALLEY MANAGER ANDY TAKATA IS INTERIM TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY MANAGER

“Three” proved to be the charm for the Twentynine Palms City Council at its regular meeting last night. Dan Stork explains why, and reports that a familiar figure will be filling the post of interim city manager… After celebrating the remodeling of the Senior Center with an open house before

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PARENTS ARRESTED FOR CHILD ENDANGERMENT

A Twentynine Palms couple was arrested Sunday morning after their 2-year-old child was found wandering on Utah Trail. According to a Sheriff’s report, a passer-by found the boy walking with a German shepherd dog in the 3300 block of Utah Trail about 8 a.m., and could not find the child’s

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HEAT WARNING TODAY, COOLING CENTERS AVAILABLE

The National Weather Service has issued an extreme heat warning until this evening, with temperatures expected into triple digits. Residents can get relief at cooling centers throughout the area. The cooling stations are air-conditioned facilities for temporary relief from extreme heat. The Town of Yucca Valley says residents can visit

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EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING—COOLING CENTERS OPEN

When the temperatures climb well into triple digits today and Monday, Morongo Basin residents can get relief from the heat at designated cooling centers. Cooling stations are air-conditioned facilities where local residents may go for temporary relief from extreme heat. Once again, the Hi-Desert Medical Center’s cafeteria will serve as

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PROTECT YOURSELF FROM HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE

If you have to work or be outside during the heat of the day, take measures to protect yourself from heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Long exposure to high heat can result in heat cramps or heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion is a serious medical condition, and signs include profuse sweating,

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PROTECT YOUR ANIMALS FROM THE HEAT

People aren’t the only ones who need protection from the heat. Our pets can suffer heat exhaustion and heat stroke, too. Bring your dogs inside out of the heat. Animals left outside should have shade and plenty of fresh, cool water. Reporter Sara Snyder reminds us that dogs should not

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SPECIAL TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETING MONDAY

In a continuation of its May 19 special meeting, the Twentynine Palms City Council will hold a special, closed-session meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 9. The sole item on the agenda is to discuss the appointment of an interim city manager, following interviews conducted by Dan Mintz and Jay

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RETIRED TEACHERS MEET JUNE 13

This month’s California Retired Teachers’ Association meeting will be a pot luck held Friday, June 13, at 11:00 a.m., at Desert Willow Ranch in Pioneertown. Members will enjoy Western-themed entertainment and are invited to wear their boots and cowboy hats. There will be no fee, but please call Sherry Craft

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EFFECTS OF NEW WATER STANDARDS ON LOCAL WATER DISTRICTS

Chromium-6 is a cancer-causing chemical made famous in the movie “Erin Brockovich.” Chromium-6 is a pollutant from chemical factories, but in the Morongo Basin, it occurs naturally, dissolving from rocks into the groundwater. Federal standards for total chromium, which includes chromium-6 and non-cancer-causing chromium-3, are 100 parts per billion. California

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN SHOULD CHANGE HIS NAME TO “LUCKY”

A Yucca Valley man is lucky to be alive after being hit by two vehicles last night. According to a Sheriff’s report, the man, described only as being in his 30s, was driving a quad eastbound on Buena Vista Drive without lights or a helmet about 8:30 p.m. when he

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CITY OF TWENTYNINE PALMS OPENS COOL CENTER AS HEAT INCREASES

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch in effect from Sunday morning through Monday evening. As summer approaches and daily temperatures begin to climb into the 100s, Twentynine Palms residents can keep cool at the newly remodeled Senior Center in downtown Twentynine Palms. The center has been

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FINAL UNOFFICIAL RESULTS FROM YESTERDAY’S PRIMARY ELECTION

Here are the final, unofficial results from yesterday’s primary election. Four years ago, voters approved the “top two” system, in which the top two candidates for statewide and congressional offices—regardless of political party—advance to the general election in November. Yucca Valley resident Paul Cook has a commanding lead for the

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SUPERINTENDENT/PRESIDENT OF COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE RESIGNS

After seven years at Copper Mountain College, Superintendent/President Dr. Roger Wagner announced Monday he will resign effective July 14 to accept the Superintendent/President position at Victor Valley College. According to a press release, during his tenure, Dr. Wagner led the college through a period of unprecedented state budget cuts and

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WAGNER LEAVING COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

After seven years at Copper Mountain College, Superintendent/President Dr. Roger Wagner announced today that he will resign effective July 14,2014 to accept the Superintendent/President position at Victor Valley College. According to a Press release, During his tenure, Dr. Wagner led the college through a period of unprecedented State budget cuts

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ELECTION DAY IS TOMORROW, WE REVIEW AND ENDORSE

In this opinion piece: Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 3, is state primary election day in California. Morongo Basin voters have several local candidates running for county and state-wide offices in tomorrow’s election. In partisan races, the two candidates with the most votes for each seat will appear on the ballot in

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CAMPGROUND CLOSURES IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

It’s hot, but local camping is still available for the hearty. Ranger Pam Tripp tells what campgrounds are open in Joshua Tree National Park…

During the hot summer months, the demand for campsites at Joshua Tree National Park decreases, allowing certain campgrounds and portions of others to the closed. This

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YUCCA VALLEY FIRE STATION OUT OF GAS

Yucca Valley fire fighters have been taking a lot of cold showers recently, and not necessarily because they’re hot stuff. According to County Battalion Chief Mike Snow, the last gas bill for Yucca Valley Fire Station 41 had increased by 40 percent over the previous month. Fire officials determined there

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